Samantha Glosser, MS, CCC-SLP
Samantha Glosser – AKA “Sami from Miami” – is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University, as well as a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She started at FOCUS Therapy in October 2020.
Driven to become a therapist by a strong desire to help others, she found inspiration in her parents’ careers.
“My dad is an orthopedic surgeon, and my mom is a social worker. I used to go to ‘Take Your Kid to Work Day’ with them, and loved that their jobs were all about helping others. I decided I wanted to go into a field where I could help others too.”
She chose speech therapy in particular because she saw the impact it had on her older brother, who as a child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“His symptoms were more severe when he was little,” she explained. “As the years passed, I have been proud to watch him grow and mature with the help of multiple therapy disciplines. The skills he’s been taught have helped him come out of his shell and show his kind, loving personality.”
Prior to starting at FOCUS, she treated pediatric clients with a range of conditions and challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing loss, and cochlear implants. She also spent two years working with adults and geriatric patients at Lee Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as one year working within the D.C. public school system. She completed her internship at Kid Pro therapy services in Tampa. In addition to being a licensed speech-language pathologist within the State of Florida, Glosser has an ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, and an Interactive Metronome Therapy Certification and is ASHA National Outcome Measures Certified.
She believes the best kind of speech therapy is that which targets functional needs.
“There are lots of different approaches to use and skills to be taught,” she said. “The best thing you can do is talk to the client and family, determine what communication skills are impacting them the most at home, and focus on those that will improve their overall quality of life.”
Helping kids with early language developmental delays and articulation disorders is something she finds especially rewarding.
“I enjoy working with children in a play-based setting because it allows me to let my inner child out!” she exclaimed. “I get excited on days we are having dance parties, making slime, or engaging in other fun activities you wouldn’t find yourself doing in a hospital or office setting. I absolutely love being able to make a difference in these children’s lives while also having so much fun doing it.”
In large part, that’s what drew her to join FOCUS Therapy.
“I think the family environment at FOCUS is really special,” she said. “The people here make the children feel welcome, offer help at every turn, and create an overall atmosphere fun.”